The Fugitives Trail by Jerry Robbins | Script Revolution

The Fugitives Trail

Advancing through Sioux Territory, a fearless U.S. Marshal finds himself caught between two warring outlaw gangs.



Page Count: 



Age Rating:


LAFE COLEMAN (30s) and his gang approach three men asleep under blankets around a flickering campfire. He motions them to stop, and with a slight hint of a nod, they fire! The bodies convulse from the impact. Lafe uncovers them, but Quinn, their leader, is not there. At daylight, QUINN (40s), and the rest of his gang come upon the murdered men. His brother, mortally wounded, lives long enough to identify the killers. Quinn takes his brother home for burial before setting off to hunt them down.

MARSHAL RANCE CRAWFORD (50s), tough, no-nonsense, unemotional, rides at a leisurely pace as he takes a drink from his canteen. His black coat hides the badge on his vest. He sees a small wagon pulled by a single horse ahead. A sign dangles from both sides that reads “DR. WHITNEY’S WINE OF LIFE.” Driving the wagon is DOCTOR WHITNEY (70s), a colorful cigar-smoking gentleman in a beaver top hat and well-worn suit. Whitney tags along with Crawford, at least until the next town. On the trail they are joined by Deputy TRAVIS CLARK (20), who brings news that the Coleman Gang robbed a stagecoach, a bank, and were last seen headed towards the Owl Creek Mountains and Sioux Territory. When a wagon wheel breaks, Whitney must ride his horse. Soon he is separated from the Marshal, and finds himself with the Quinn Gang, who force him to ride with them. Quinn gathers from the talkative Dr. Whitney that Marshal Crawford is in pursuit of the Coleman Gang as well.

Crawford soon engages Lafe Coleman in a shootout and takes him and the surviving gang members prisoner – watched from a distance by a Sioux war party. Crawford sets up camp for the night behind a rock formation with Travis as lookout. Amid the sound of faint war drums, Crawford gets to know Lafe better, and how he turned outlaw over a boundary dispute with Quinn. A shot RINGS out! Travis is hit in the arm. Forced to trust Lafe and his men, Crawford frees them of their handcuffs, and they open fire on the warriors. When Quinn arrives with his gang, Whitney manages to escape in the melee of bullets and arrows to rejoin Crawford. At last, the warriors withdraw, and Quinn and his men are defeated. Lafe is the only one of his gang to survive. Crawford puts the cuffs on him but doesn’t lock them.

The next morning, Lafe is gone. Travis wants to know how he escaped. Crawford “doesn’t know,” and says, “I’ll find out when I catch him.” Travis worries that with a good head start, Lafe could reach the border by sundown. Crawford, with a slight smile replies, “Wouldn’t that be the luck?”

Submitted: May 1, 2021
Last Updated: July 10, 2022

Want to read this script? You must join the revolution first. Don't worry, it's free, easy, everyone's welcome, and you can start reading right away.

Jerry Robbins's picture

The Writer: Jerry Robbins

I'm a produced writer of two features - CATCH THE BULLET (Lionsgate) and THE LEGEND OF LAKE HOLLOW (Penumbra Films, being released in 2023). My screenplay THE UNEXPECTED ROMANCE OF CAPTAIN SAM is under option with Citizen Skull Productions. I began in the world of audio dramas, writing 480 audio drama scripts (features and series episodes) that were hosted on Sirius/XM Radio for eight years. In that time, with the Colonial Radio Theatre, I was fortunate to have collaborated with Ray Bradbury, William Luce, and Walter Koenig on various audio productions. I adapted one of my audio dramas into a screenplay, which later resulted in my leaving audio behind to write exclusively for film - my true... Go to bio
Agency: Stephanie Rogers & Associates
Manager: Stephanie Rogers

More Scripts From Jerry

A teenager and her younger brother and sister are terrorized by a psychotic, but always happy clown who has followed them home from the circus.
Feature Horror, Thriller For sale 94pp
9 readers love this script
The Legend of Lake Hollow
A group of friends at a remote lakeside cabin find themselves in a deadly nightmare when the trail cameras on the property reveal ghostly, demonic images surrounding them.
Feature Horror, Thriller Produced 90pp
7 readers love this script
Encounter at Hopkinsville
When a UFO descends upon a remote Kentucky farm, a family must defend itself against an attack of small alien creatures. Inspired by actual events.
Feature Horror, Sci-Fi For sale 103pp
4 readers love this script
Always Christmas
A cynical young girl discovers the true meaning of Christmas by rallying the community around an isolated old man who has been unable to move on from the tragedies of his past.
Feature Family For sale 96pp
4 readers love this script
They Beckon
At the isolated Mansion of the Elms, estate appraisers find themselves in the fight of their lives against mysterious apparitions harboring a murderous secret in an ancient Irish curse.
Feature Horror For sale 104pp
4 readers love this script
Christmas At Exit 24
When a single mom working at a truck-stop diner is tempted by a slick businessman's marriage proposal; her suspicious daughter seeks the help of a jolly old trucker, who she believes is Santa Claus.
Feature Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance For sale 103pp
3 readers love this script
Jimmy and the Towering Tree
Infuriated by the loss of his father, a young boy is magically transported into the perilous world of his Christmas tree where he must find redemption before morning sunbeams turn him into an ornament.
Feature Adventure, Animation, Family, Musical For sale 117pp
Coverfly All-time Overall Top 10%
3 readers love this script
The Dickens You Say
When fictional characters materialize from a magical first edition of "A Christmas Carol" into a young woman's living room, she tries her best to keep them out of the town and out of trouble.
Feature Comedy, Family For sale 108pp
2 readers love this script
Bows For Holly
A famous television actress returns to her home town and is asked to appear in the community Christmas Play where she discovers unexpected romance and a life changing decision.
Feature Comedy, Romance For sale 105pp
2 readers love this script
End Zone
Recovering from severe leg injuries, a college football star is terrorized by a mysterious figure who breaks into his home.
Feature Thriller For sale 92pp
1 reader loves this script
Christmas At Chestnut Cottage
While enjoying a Christmas getaway in a snowy New Hampshire cottage, a New York attorney unwittingly finds herself falling in love with the same man her law firm is suing.
Feature Comedy, Romance For sale 105pp
1 reader loves this script
The Reb
When a fifteen-year-old Union soldier is separated from his company and left for dead behind enemy lines, a grizzled Confederate risks everything to help him reach a Union camp.
Short Drama, History, War For sale 20pp
1 reader loves this script
The Unexpected Romance of Captain Sam
A feisty young fisherwoman considers abandoning her quaint east-coast business for a dashing west-coast entrepreneur bent on conquering the online lobster market with her.
Feature Comedy, Romance Under Option 103pp
1 reader loves this script
Wicked Things
A team of metal detecting treasure hunters unearth an 18th-century relic in the Adirondack wilderness, unleashing a demonic Native-American spirit.
Feature Horror For sale 105pp
1 reader loves this script
Gifted Children
A small-town journalist uncovers a deadly secret at a school for gifted children and plans to expose the truth, but the youthful, mysterious occupants soon show her that terror comes in all sizes.
Feature Horror For sale 107pp
1 reader loves this script
Two Weeks In Falmouth
An aging, legendary film star faces his mortality and his regrets as he returns for one last hurrah at a summer theater on Cape Cod.
Feature Comedy, Drama, Romance For sale 118pp
Demon Creek
When a small town is rocked with a series of barbaric killings by a Native American spirit, a sheriff, his deputy, and a Lakota scout hunt down the beast, only to become the prey.
Feature Horror, Western For sale 98pp
Henry's Fort
After their isolated home is taken over by murderous outlaws, three children fight to take it back in the face of an approaching Apache War party.
Feature Drama, Western For sale 101pp
Ghost of a Chance
A troupe of deceased performers, who haunt an old London theater, enlist the help of a boy and his grandpa to put on a benefit show to save their home from the wrecking ball.
Feature Animation, Comedy, Family, Musical For sale 107pp
Warehouse 1
A retired Marine Sergeant, working nights as a security guard, takes on Domestic Terrorists intent on stealing secretly stored Government Servers.
Feature Action, Thriller For sale 96pp